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Texas (, also locally ; Spanish: Texas or Tejas, pronounced [ˈtexas] (listen)) is a state in the South Central Region of the United States. It is the second largest U.S. state by both area (after Alaska) and population (after California). Texas shares borders with the states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the south and southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.

Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S., while San Antonio is the second-most populous in the state and seventh largest in the U.S. Dallas–Fort Worth and Greater Houston are the fourth and fifth largest metropolitan statistical areas in the country, respectively. Other major cities include Austin, the second-most populous state capital in the U.S., and El Paso. Texas is nicknamed the "Lone Star State" for its former status as an independent republic, and as a reminder of the state's struggle for independence from Mexico. The "Lone Star" can be found on the Texas state flag and on the Texas state seal. The origin of Texas's name is from the word táyshaʼ, which means "friends" in the Caddo language.

Due to its size and geologic features such as the Balcones Fault, Texas contains diverse landscapes common to both the U.S. Southern and the Southwestern regions. Although Texas is popularly associated with the U.S. southwestern deserts, less than ten percent of Texas's land area is desert. Most of the population centers are in areas of former prairies, grasslands, forests, and the coastline. Traveling from east to west, one can observe terrain that ranges from coastal swamps and piney woods, to rolling plains and rugged hills, and finally the desert and mountains of the Big Bend.

The term "six flags over Texas" refers to several nations that have ruled over the territory. Spain was the first European country to claim and control the area of Texas. France held a short-lived colony. Mexico controlled the territory until 1836 when Texas won its independence, becoming the Republic of Texas. In 1845, Texas joined the union as the 28th state. The state's annexation set off a chain of events that led to the Mexican–American War in 1846. A slave state before the American Civil War, Texas declared its secession from the U.S. in early 1861, and officially joined the Confederate States of America on March 2 of the same year. After the Civil War and the restoration of its representation in the federal government, Texas entered a long period of economic stagnation.

Historically four major industries shaped the Texas economy prior to World War II: cattle and bison, cotton, timber, and oil. Before and after the U.S. Civil War the cattle industry, which Texas came to dominate, was a major economic driver for the state, thus creating the traditional image of the Texas cowboy. In the later 19th century cotton and lumber grew to be major industries as the cattle industry became less lucrative. It was ultimately, though, the discovery of major petroleum deposits (Spindletop in particular) that initiated an economic boom which became the driving force behind the economy for much of the 20th century. Texas developed a diversified economy and high tech industry in the mid-20th century. As of 2015, it is second on the list of the most Fortune 500 companies with 54. With a growing base of industry, the state leads in many industries, including tourism, agriculture, petrochemicals, energy, computers and electronics, aerospace, and biomedical sciences. Texas has led the U.S. in state export revenue since 2002 and has the second-highest gross state product. If Texas were a sovereign state, it would have the 10th largest economy in the world.

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The upper reaches of Frost Bank Tower, a prominent Austin, Texas, skyscraper

The upper reaches of Frost Bank Tower, a prominent Austin, Texas, skys...

Title, date, and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. The 33-story building was developed by Cousins Properties from November 2001 to December 2003. It was the first high- rise building t... More

911: President George W. Bush in President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC), 09/11/2001.

911: President George W. Bush in President's Emergency Operations Cent...

Original Caption: Mrs. Laura Bush listens Tuesday, September 11, 2001, as President George W. Bush discusses the terrorist attacks with White House staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center. Also pic... More

Warren Petroleum Co., Southern Methodist University collection

Warren Petroleum Co., Southern Methodist University collection

Title: Warren Petroleum Co. ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: February 1940..Place: Fairbanks, Texas..Physical Description: 1 transparency: film, color; 13 x 10 cm. ..File: ag1982_0234_2120_K_0... More

Warren Petroleum Co., Southern Methodist University collection

Warren Petroleum Co., Southern Methodist University collection

Title: Warren Petroleum Co. ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: February 1940..Place: Fairbanks, Texas..Physical Description: 1 transparency: film, color; 10 x 13 cm. ..File: ag1982_0234_2120_K_0... More

Warren Petroleum Co., Southern Methodist University collection

Warren Petroleum Co., Southern Methodist University collection

Title: Warren Petroleum Co...Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: February 1940..Place: Fairbanks, Texas..Physical Description: 1 transparency: film, color; 13 x 10 cm. ..File: ag1982_0234_2120_K_03_sm_op... More

Mission Mfg. misc. field shots, ''Miss Mission'' series in color

Mission Mfg. misc. field shots, ''Miss Mission'' series in color

Title: Mission Mfg. misc. field shots, ''Miss Mission'' series in color ..Alternative Title: [Mission Manufacturing Co. miscellaneous field shots, ''Miss Mission'' series in color]..Creator: Robert Yarna... More

Mission Manufactor misc., ''Miss Mission'' series in color

Mission Manufactor misc., ''Miss Mission'' series in color

Title: Mission Manufactor misc., ''Miss Mission'' series in color ..Alternative Title: [Mission Manufacturing Co. miscellaneous, ''Miss Mission'' series in color]..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: ... More

Mission Mfg. misc. field shots

Mission Mfg. misc. field shots

Title: Mission Mfg. misc. field shots ..Alternative Title: [Mission Manufacturing Co. miscellaneous shots]..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: August 1944..Place: Houston, Texas ..Part Of: Robert Yar... More

Mission Mfg. misc., Southern Methodist University collection

Mission Mfg. misc., Southern Methodist University collection

Title: Mission Mfg. misc. ..Alternative Title: [Mission Manufacturing Co. miscellaneous shots]..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: August 1944..Place: Houston, Texas ..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie ... More

Mission Mfg., ''Miss Mission'' series in color

Mission Mfg., ''Miss Mission'' series in color

Title: Mission Mfg., ''Miss Mission'' series in color ..Alternative Title: [Mission Manufacturing Co., ''Miss Mission'' series in color]..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: August 1944..Place: Housto... More

Distillate Products Co. for Hudson Engineering Co.

Distillate Products Co. for Hudson Engineering Co.

Title: Distillate Products Co. for Hudson Engineering Co. ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: 1946..Place: Texas..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collection..Physical Description: 1 transp... More

Warren Petroleum Corp., plant man turning Nordstrom valve, Gladewater, Texas

Warren Petroleum Corp., plant man turning Nordstrom valve, Gladewater,...

Title: Warren Petroleum Corp., plant man turning Nordstrom valve, Gladewater, Texas ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: 1947..Place: Gladewater, Texas..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Colle... More

Superior Oil Company, Lake Creek [Field], TX

Superior Oil Company, Lake Creek [Field], TX

Title: Superior Oil Company, Lake Creek [Field], TX ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: ca. 1949..Place: Lake Creek Field, Montgomery County, Texas ..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collect... More

[Superior Oil Co. aircraft, Beech Bonanza]

[Superior Oil Co. aircraft, Beech Bonanza]

Title: [Superior Oil Co. aircraft, Beech Bonanza] ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: July - August 1949..Place: Lake Creek Field, Montgomery County, Texas or Midland, Texas ?..Part Of: Robert Yarnall... More

Hudson Engineering Co, Carthage plant

Hudson Engineering Co, Carthage plant

Title: Hudson Engineering Co, Carthage plant ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: October 1949..Place: Carthage, Texas ..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collection..Physical Description: 1 t... More

Superior Oil Co., Lake Creek [Field] recycling plant, Texas

Superior Oil Co., Lake Creek [Field] recycling plant, Texas

Title: Superior Oil Co., Lake Creek [Field] recycling plant, Texas ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: October 1949..Place: Lake Creek Field, Montgomery County, Texas ..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie... More

DeLong Barge at Con. Western Dock, Orange, Texas

DeLong Barge at Con. Western Dock, Orange, Texas

Title: DeLong Barge at Con. Western Dock, Orange, Texas ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: February 1955..Place: Orange, Texas..Physical Description: 1 transparency: film, color; 13 x 10 cm. ..F... More

DeLong Barge at Con. Western Dock, Orange, Texas

DeLong Barge at Con. Western Dock, Orange, Texas

Title: DeLong Barge at Con. Western Dock, Orange, Texas ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: February 1955..Place: Orange, Texas..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie photograph collection..Physical Descrip... More

Texaco, Southern Methodist University collection

Texaco, Southern Methodist University collection

Title: Texaco ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: ca. August 12, 1963 - November 25, 1963..Place: Fairbanks, Texas..Physical Description: 1 transparency: film, color; 10 x 13 cm. ..File: ag1982_0... More

Amer oil, Texas City, Southern Methodist University collection

Amer oil, Texas City, Southern Methodist University collection

Title: Amer oil, Texas City ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: May 1963..Place: Texas City, Texas..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collection..Physical Description: 1 transparency: film, c... More

Amer oil, Texas City, Southern Methodist University collection

Amer oil, Texas City, Southern Methodist University collection

Title: Amer oil, Texas City ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: May 1963..Place: Texas City, Texas..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collection..Physical Description: 1 transparency: film, c... More

Texaco, Southern Methodist University collection

Texaco, Southern Methodist University collection

Title: Texaco ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: ca. August 12, 1963 - November 25, 1963..Physical Description: 1 transparency: film, color; 10 x 13 cm. ..File: ag1982_0234_5113_E_96_sm_opt.jpg ... More

Texaco Service Station, Southern Methodist University collection

Texaco Service Station, Southern Methodist University collection

Title: Texaco Service Station ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: August 1965..Place: Houston, Texas..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie photograph collection..Physical Description: 1 transparency: film,... More

Juan Botas. River Mile 712. December 2008.

Juan Botas. River Mile 712. December 2008.

Rio Grande vegetation monitoring, "Juan Botas" photopoint at river mile 712, July 2006.

Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global

Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global

Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues shares a light moment with International Security Assistance Force service members and civilian gender advisors during a Veteran’s Day break... More

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason E. Corrothers, 737th Training

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason E. Corrothers, 737th Training

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason E. Corrothers, 737th Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. James A. Roy, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, CMSAF retired, salute during a basic military training graduation,... More

U.S. Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 35th Armored

U.S. Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 35th Armored

U.S. Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, secure a building in a village at McGregor Range for a key leader engagement meeting between their com... More

Armor crewmen from C Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry

Armor crewmen from C Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry

Armor crewmen from C Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Ga., ground guide an M1A2 Abrams Battle Tank in preparation for a ... More

The President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves is greeted

The President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves is greeted

The President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves is greeted by Company Commander, Capt. Tim Keilty, A Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade out of Grafenwöhr, Germany, during Operation... More

During a free Lucha Libre match one wrestler leaps

During a free Lucha Libre match one wrestler leaps

During a free Lucha Libre match one wrestler leaps from the top ropes of the ring towards two other wrestlers on the ground outside the ring. The Border Impact Group, in partnership with Fort Bliss Morale, Welf... More

Sofia Riojas runs a lap around Madeline Park in El

Sofia Riojas runs a lap around Madeline Park in El

Sofia Riojas runs a lap around Madeline Park in El Paso, Texas as part of an El Paso Youth Sports Academy running program July 31, 2014. Riojas is sophomore at Coronado High School. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jar... More

Members of the El Paso community stand ready to participate

Members of the El Paso community stand ready to participate

Members of the El Paso community stand ready to participate in the Young Women’s Christian Association’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, Oct. 16, 2012. The event was held to increase awareness of violence again... More

Skylar Newton, a military dependant, age 17, sleds

Skylar Newton, a military dependant, age 17, sleds

Skylar Newton, a military dependant, age 17, sleds down a dune at White Sands National Park, N.M., March 30. (Photo By Staff Sgt. Jes L. Smith, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Jayla Collins, 12, and Rebekah Warde, 12, take pictures

Jayla Collins, 12, and Rebekah Warde, 12, take pictures

Jayla Collins, 12, and Rebekah Warde, 12, take pictures of the birds at the El Paso Zoo, June 20, during photography camp. Collins and Warde are participating in the photo camp at the Child, Youth and School Se... More

Col. Michael S. Heimall, commander of William Beaumont

Col. Michael S. Heimall, commander of William Beaumont

Col. Michael S. Heimall, commander of William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and the medical staff cut the ribbon for the official opening of the East Bliss Health and Dental Clinic, Fort Bliss, Texas, Nov. 19, ... More

Sgt. Darnell Richardson, intelligence analyst for 4th

Sgt. Darnell Richardson, intelligence analyst for 4th

Sgt. Darnell Richardson, intelligence analyst for 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, helps decorate the Boys & Girls Club of El Paso, Texas, into a haunted house, Oct. 27. Richardson is atte... More

Two youths box during a fundraising event at the Boys

Two youths box during a fundraising event at the Boys

Two youths box during a fundraising event at the Boys and Girls Club of El Paso, Texas, July 29, 2012. The event was held to raise money in support of the club, which provides character and leadership developme... More

Soldiers assigned to C Battery, 4th Battalion, 27th

Soldiers assigned to C Battery, 4th Battalion, 27th

Soldiers assigned to C Battery, 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, prepare to form up behind the battery guide on prior to the activation and assumption of command ceremony of the battery June 16, 20... More

The guidon bearer from C Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th

The guidon bearer from C Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th

The guidon bearer from C Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Ga., stands in formation during the Parade of National Armed Forces, held in Jelgava, Latvia, M... More

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Summer Leifer, Sixteenth

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Summer Leifer, Sixteenth

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Summer Leifer, Sixteenth Air Force command chief, speaks to Alamo AFCEA Chapter Event attendees in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 20, 2019, as U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Sc... More

Participants of the Salute the Runway Fashion Show

Participants of the Salute the Runway Fashion Show

Participants of the Salute the Runway Fashion Show get their hair styled before the event at the Freedom Crossing Post Exchange June 14, 2014. The women also had their makeup done as well. (U.S. Army photo by S... More

An old 1970s Dodge Gremlin, painted in patriotic colors,

An old 1970s Dodge Gremlin, painted in patriotic colors,

An old 1970s Dodge Gremlin, painted in patriotic colors, sits in a line prior to the start of a drag race July 20 at the El Paso Motorplex, Clint, Texas. The Gremlin, originally sold as an economy car, is now a... More

The medals and trophies for the winners of the Fort

The medals and trophies for the winners of the Fort

The medals and trophies for the winners of the Fort Bliss Half Marathon and the annual 5k Turkey Trot are laid out in preparation for the award ceremony, Nov 16, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Golden)

A model train travels down the track in the El Paso

A model train travels down the track in the El Paso

A model train travels down the track in the El Paso Historical & Model Railroad Association club house in El Paso, Texas, Nov. 9, 2014. The EPHMRA, established more than 50 years ago, first started in the basem... More

Jonathan Lopez, 4, civilian, El Paso, Texas, has his

Jonathan Lopez, 4, civilian, El Paso, Texas, has his

Jonathan Lopez, 4, civilian, El Paso, Texas, has his face painted during the 2nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival at Freedom Crossing here March 16.

Kelven Teamer, a fellow with the ScreamFree Institute

Kelven Teamer, a fellow with the ScreamFree Institute

Kelven Teamer, a fellow with the ScreamFree Institute in Atlanta and ScreamFree leaders trainer, delivers training to counselors and Army Community Service personnel April 4, at the Family Resiliency Center, he... More

Holly Imbriaco, Group Fitness Trainer at the Joshua

Holly Imbriaco, Group Fitness Trainer at the Joshua

Holly Imbriaco, Group Fitness Trainer at the Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Center here, fires a starter pistol at the Commander’s Cup 10-Miler Qualifier here, June 20. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. James Avery/Released)

BREAKING NEWS: Youth learn valuable skills though journalism club

BREAKING NEWS: Youth learn valuable skills though journalism club

From left: Natalie Sartain, 13 and Daijshia Silcott, 14, both writers with the Milam Youth Activity Center’s Journalism Club, work on a story at the MYAC at Fort Bliss, Texas. The club produces a monthly newsle... More

Soldiers from the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, Paseo

Soldiers from the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, Paseo

Soldiers from the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, Paseo Del Norte Chapter, present the Colors during the groundbreaking ceremony for the future triple-A ballpark in downtown El Paso, Texas, May 30.

Miss Texas Logan Lester guest speaker at 3-16th FA ball

Miss Texas Logan Lester guest speaker at 3-16th FA ball

FORT HOOD, Tx.-Logan Lester, Miss Texas, USA and Lt. Col Joey Errington, 3-16th FA commander, takes part in the Order of Saint Barbara awards ceremony during 3-16th FA's Battalion Ball May 3. Lester was the key... More

Three U.S. Army M109-A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzers

Three U.S. Army M109-A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzers

Three U.S. Army M109-A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzers operated by A Battery, 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery, Division Artillery (DIVARTY), 1st Armored Division, stand ready to fire at the Dona Ana firin... More

Spc. David Moore, a cavalry scout from Roanoke, Ala.,

Spc. David Moore, a cavalry scout from Roanoke, Ala.,

Spc. David Moore, a cavalry scout from Roanoke, Ala., watches troop movements from the inside of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle by using a Joint Battle Command-Platform system during Network Integrat... More

U.S. Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander, U.S.

U.S. Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander, U.S.

U.S. Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander, U.S. Army Forces Command, (left) speaks to Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, (center), commander, 1st Armored Division and Brig. Gen. Randall A. Dragon, commander, U.S. Army ... More

Sgt. Nicholas Berkey (left), of Johnstown, Pa., and

Sgt. Nicholas Berkey (left), of Johnstown, Pa., and

Sgt. Nicholas Berkey (left), of Johnstown, Pa., and Spc. Robert Byes, of Lafayette, Colo., both assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, ... More

Sgt. Anthony Fitzgerald, team leader, 1st Battalion,

Sgt. Anthony Fitzgerald, team leader, 1st Battalion,

Sgt. Anthony Fitzgerald, team leader, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, moves his team into position to cordon and search Palmiyah village while using Tactical Communicati... More

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Michael Robledo, a native of

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Michael Robledo, a native of

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Michael Robledo, a native of Austin, Texas, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 212 Fires Brigade, inspects the motorcycle belonging to Pfc. Richard Ward, an infantryman ass... More

Officer Kevin Vail, center, with Fort Bliss Directorate

Officer Kevin Vail, center, with Fort Bliss Directorate

Officer Kevin Vail, center, with Fort Bliss Directorate of Emergency Services, checks an ID card at an entry control point at Fort Bliss, July 24, while Lt. Hector C. Molinar, a fellow DES officer, looks on wit... More

The Rock the Fort Car Show, hosted by the El Paso chapter

The Rock the Fort Car Show, hosted by the El Paso chapter

The Rock the Fort Car Show, hosted by the El Paso chapter of the Ruff Ryders Car and Truck Club, took place on a rainy Saturday morning at Biggs Park on Fort Bliss, Texas. Team Hybrid, an El Paso car club broug... More

Attendees make holiday ornaments at the Exceptional

Attendees make holiday ornaments at the Exceptional

Attendees make holiday ornaments at the Exceptional Family Member Program’s holiday party held at the main Army Community Service building on Fort Bliss, Texas, Dec. 4, 2014. The party gave parents an opportuni... More

Soldiers train with improvised explosive device effects

Soldiers train with improvised explosive device effects

Soldiers train with improvised explosive device effects simulators at the Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Integration Cell at Tobin Wells training area here June 19. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jarred Wo... More

Members of the Team Bliss Track Club conduct warm-up

Members of the Team Bliss Track Club conduct warm-up

Members of the Team Bliss Track Club conduct warm-up exercises Oct. 20, prior to the start of a cross-country meet at Golden Key Park, El Paso, Texas. Since 2010, the track club has won six junior Olympic natio... More

The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club medallion hangs from

The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club medallion hangs from

The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club medallion hangs from the neck of Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Hosendove, historian for SAMC, Fort Bliss Chapter. The medallion is engraved with the figure of Audie Murphy on the front a... More

First Sgt. Kenneth Gipe, (left) head coach for the

First Sgt. Kenneth Gipe, (left) head coach for the

First Sgt. Kenneth Gipe, (left) head coach for the Team Bliss youth tackle football team, writes up a new play prior to a game in El Paso, Texas, Nov. 17, while Sgt. Schiavone Davis, an assistant coach for Team... More

Tripp Morris practices his lunges during fencing class

Tripp Morris practices his lunges during fencing class

Tripp Morris practices his lunges during fencing class at Building 131, Fort Bliss, Texas, April 4. Lunges are a thrust while extending the front leg using a kicking motion propelling the body forward with the rear leg.

Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler, the 14th

Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler, the 14th

Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler, the 14th sergeant major of the army, chats with soldiers from 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, at Fort Bliss, Texas June 20, 2012. The soldiers t... More

Sgt. 1st Class Eliodoro Molina, the operations

Sgt. 1st Class Eliodoro Molina, the operations

Sgt. 1st Class Eliodoro Molina, the operations noncommissioned officer-in-charge for the 24th Press Camp Headquarters, performs a push-up during an Army Physical Fitness Test taken as a qualification to get int... More

Command Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy, left, commandant of

Command Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy, left, commandant of

Command Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy, left, commandant of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, and Command Sgt. Maj. Wesley J. Weygandt, right, USASMA deputy commandant, present the replica induction plaque for reti... More

A graduation tassel sits on a diploma at the graduation

A graduation tassel sits on a diploma at the graduation

A graduation tassel sits on a diploma at the graduation ceremony for WWII veterans held at Bowie High School, El Paso, Texas July 25, 2014. The veterans were all members of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 141st Infan... More

Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Hosendove, the historian for

Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Hosendove, the historian for

Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Hosendove, the historian for the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, Fort Bliss Chapter, walks with students and parents to Schuster Elementary School in El Paso, Texas, during International Walk... More

Raymond Randle, environmental health technician, Fort

Raymond Randle, environmental health technician, Fort

Raymond Randle, environmental health technician, Fort Bliss Environmental Health, checks the position of a mosquito trap during his daily rounds as part of the mosquito surveillance program at Fort Bliss, Texas... More

Gul Maqsood Sabit, right, the Afghanistan Deputy Finance

Gul Maqsood Sabit, right, the Afghanistan Deputy Finance

Gul Maqsood Sabit, right, the Afghanistan Deputy Finance Minister for Revenue and Customs addresses the International Security Assistance Force and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan representati... More

El Camino de las Misiones, Ysleta, Socorro, San Elizario Vicinity, San Elizario, El Paso County, TX

El Camino de las Misiones, Ysleta, Socorro, San Elizario Vicinity, San...

Significance: The mission churches at Ysleta and Socorro and the church at San Elizario near El Paso represent remnants of an elaborate system of Spanish Indian missions, colonial villages and forts erected in ... More

Muslim scholars serving with the Jordanian Engagement

Muslim scholars serving with the Jordanian Engagement

Muslim scholars serving with the Jordanian Engagement Team, top left, share lunch with Afghan soldiers and their U.S. counterparts assigned to the 320th Tactical Psychological Operations (PSYOP) Company, 12th P... More

A procession of dignitaries moves toward the Riga Brethren

A procession of dignitaries moves toward the Riga Brethren

A procession of dignitaries moves toward the Riga Brethren Cemetery's Altar of Eternal Fire for the wreath laying ceremony during the “Victory in Europe Day” event held in Latvia, May 8. Attendees of the event,... More

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Neveaux, 316

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Neveaux, 316

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Neveaux, 316 TRS student and red rope level Airmen Leader pins a green rope onto Airman 1st Class James Lee, 316th TRS student at the 316th TRS on Goodfellow Air Force B... More

United States Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford

United States Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford

United States Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the commanding general of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan, speaks to members of the U.S. Air Force foll... More

A group of North Atlantic Treaty Organization-International

A group of North Atlantic Treaty Organization-International

A group of North Atlantic Treaty Organization-International Security Assistance Force medals are displayed on a table before being presented by senior ISAF officials to service members during a joint presentati... More

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Haider A. Khan, (left), deputy

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Haider A. Khan, (left), deputy

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Haider A. Khan, (left), deputy commander for the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, based out of Fort Hood, Texas, presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Air Force Lt. Col. Adrian N... More

Paper bags with lit candles inside line the track during

Paper bags with lit candles inside line the track during

Paper bags with lit candles inside line the track during the Luminaria Ceremony of the Relay For Life at Captain John L. Chapin High School, El Paso, Texas, May 17. The ceremony happens at nightfall and is used... More

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler speaks to

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler speaks to

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler speaks to the 64th Sergeants Major Course class during the class' opening ceremony at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas, Aug. 23. (U.S. Army ph... More

Kabobs are placed on the grill at the 2nd Annual Bliss

Kabobs are placed on the grill at the 2nd Annual Bliss

Kabobs are placed on the grill at the 2nd Annual Bliss Brews and Cues at Freedom Crossing on Fort Bliss, Texas, Oct. 11. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jarred Woods, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)

U.S. Army Sgt. Janelle Dean, a broadcast journalist

U.S. Army Sgt. Janelle Dean, a broadcast journalist

U.S. Army Sgt. Janelle Dean, a broadcast journalist with the 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, fills out required paperwork, to become registered with the National Marrow Donor Program at the Blood Donor C... More

Lucky Villanueva, a BMX racer from Las Cruces, N.M.,

Lucky Villanueva, a BMX racer from Las Cruces, N.M.,

Lucky Villanueva, a BMX racer from Las Cruces, N.M., races a lap at the Sun City BMX track in El Paso, Texas, July 9, 2013.

A large cake decorated by Staff Sgt. Amanda Marion,

A large cake decorated by Staff Sgt. Amanda Marion,

A large cake decorated by Staff Sgt. Amanda Marion, a health care sergeant and Better Opportunities for Single Parents representative with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Armored Division, here, fo... More

The 1st Armored Division Band, Fort Bliss, Texas, played

The 1st Armored Division Band, Fort Bliss, Texas, played

The 1st Armored Division Band, Fort Bliss, Texas, played the Army Song, the MP Regimental March as well as the National Anthem at the Change of Command and Change of Responsibility for 93D Military Police Batta... More

U.S. Army Col. William Benson, the commander, 4th Brigade

U.S. Army Col. William Benson, the commander, 4th Brigade

U.S. Army Col. William Benson, the commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 1st Cavalry Division, congratulates Spc. James Young, a food service specialist assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, ... More

Spc. Ben C. Ballard, a Menomonie, Wis., native, and

Spc. Ben C. Ballard, a Menomonie, Wis., native, and

Spc. Ben C. Ballard, a Menomonie, Wis., native, and military police specialist ssigned to 202nd Military Police Company, from Fort Bliss, Texas, takes a break from training at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Ja... More

Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment,

Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment,

Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, occupy their operational environment at McGregor Range, N.M., April 25, 2012, in ... More

The sign outside of the Area 1 dining facility on Biggs

The sign outside of the Area 1 dining facility on Biggs

The sign outside of the Area 1 dining facility on Biggs Army Airfield prior to morning food service operations, June 20, 2012. Food service specialists assigned to the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored... More

Seven-year-old Dylan Wheeler throws a snowball made

Seven-year-old Dylan Wheeler throws a snowball made

Seven-year-old Dylan Wheeler throws a snowball made out of artificial snow during the Holiday Festival at the Trading Post on Fort Bliss, Texas, Dec. 5. The festival, hosted by the Fort Bliss Morale, Welfare an... More

Pre-teens from the MYAC make Jar-O-Lanterns: decorative

Pre-teens from the MYAC make Jar-O-Lanterns: decorative

Pre-teens from the MYAC make Jar-O-Lanterns: decorative glass mason jars that resemble Halloween pumpkins and other Halloween decor. When you light the candle on the inside of the jar it gives off a colorful gl... More

U.S. and Canadian military police subdue a detainee

U.S. and Canadian military police subdue a detainee

U.S. and Canadian military police subdue a detainee role-player during a cell extraction demonstration for key leaders as part of the Guardian Justice training exercise at McGregor Range Complex, N.M., June 26.... More

A display of various head gear at the Warfighter Expo

A display of various head gear at the Warfighter Expo

A display of various head gear at the Warfighter Expo held at the Fort Bliss Centennial Club Aug. 13, 2014. The event was hosted by Advanced Distribution System Inc. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jarred Woods, 16th ... More

Paul Bradley, front, and Michael O’Brien, both competitors

Paul Bradley, front, and Michael O’Brien, both competitors

Paul Bradley, front, and Michael O’Brien, both competitors in the Fort Bliss Commander’s Cup Swim Meet, race neck and neck at the Aquatics Training Center here, Nov. 5.

Lieutenant, a hopeful future Martian

Lieutenant, a hopeful future Martian

First Lt. Craig Veilleux, an air-defense missile launcher platoon leader in Battery D, 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas, proudly shows of... More

Coach Delia Bell, a soccer coach for the Fort Bliss

Coach Delia Bell, a soccer coach for the Fort Bliss

Coach Delia Bell, a soccer coach for the Fort Bliss Child Youth and School Services sports program, slaps hands with her players between plays during a game Oct. 30 on Fort Bliss, Texas. Coach Bell, a San Diego... More

U.S. Army Spc. Heath Beard, an infantryman with Bravo

U.S. Army Spc. Heath Beard, an infantryman with Bravo

U.S. Army Spc. Heath Beard, an infantryman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, cheers during a bull-riding event in the El Paso County Colise... More

Guy Hauptman tells his story about surviving the Holocaust

Guy Hauptman tells his story about surviving the Holocaust

Guy Hauptman tells his story about surviving the Holocaust as a child as Staff Sgt. Rena Key, center, Equal Opportunity advisor with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, and Sara Hauptman, seated right, liste... More

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, right, the commander

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, right, the commander

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, right, the commander of 1st Armored Division, speaks at the official start of the Army Emergency Relief Campaign event at Fort Bliss, Texas, Feb. 6, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by S... More

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